Released 2017

Rockin Johnny Burgin: guitar, vocal, harmonica
Aki Kumar: harmonica, vocals
Alabama Mike: guest vocals
Kid Andersen: guitar, piano, electric piano, bass
Nancy Wright: sax
Bob Welsh: guitar, piano
Vance Ehlers, Chris Matheos: bass
Stephen Dougherty, June Core: drums
Steve Willis: accordion
Billy Wilson: rub board

Neoprene Fedora chronicles Rockin’ Johnny Burgin’s move to California from Chicago. This time around he’s written 11 songs from surf to zydeco to gut-bucket blues to plain old PARTY! The combination of his Chicago-based styles with some of the best musicians of the popping South Bay scene is intoxicating. Rockin’ Johnny’s seventh CD since 1998 shows an artist at the height of his powers as a songwriter, singer, and guitarist.

“Neoprene Fedora embraces the entire blues tradition with a multitude of sounds.”
-Aaron Cohen, senior contributor, Downbeat

Burgin generates real excitement.. Neoprene Fedora is deep, it’s tough, and it’s clearly aware of tradition even as it slyly bends the rules.  I keep going back to it!” Tom Hyslop, Contributing Editor, Blues Music Magazine

The bay area blues tribe recently gathered yet again in San Jose at Kid Andersen’s Greaseland Studios in support of guitarist and vocalist Rockin’ Johnny Burgin.  The opening title track sets the tone, as this seven-minute instrumental includes a variety of sounds that coalesces under the general vibe of Gidget being banged by Quenten Tarantino.  Everything is thrown into this ambitious ocean of ideas. This sixteen-track gem that was produced and engineered by Kid Andersen clocks in at over 75 minutes. It is a wide-ranging affair that is just spectacular.  Burgin and company demonstrate that original tunes can mix with a wide variety of blues dialects.  On Neoprene Fedora, the contemporary and tradition drink out of the same glass. This CD receives my highest recommendation. – David Mac BLUES JUNCTION Productions.com



Released 2015

Kid Andersen, guitar, organ
Aki Kumar, harp
Vance Ehlers, bass
June Core, drums

“Johnny has that raw looseness on guitar that is so lost from blues recordings today. If there is a more exciting “real blues” guitar player on the planet today, tell me who it is! (Buddy Guy excepted) This is a must-hear release!”
–Bman’s Blues Report
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“Burgin has become a shoot-from-the-hip guitarist who knows his material very well. And he likes to play loose, stretch it out, push the limits, and get a little wild.”
–Justin O’Brien, Living Blues Magazine
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Released 2012 Delmark 820

Stephen Bass, drums
John Sefner, bass
Rick Kreher, guitar

“Rockin’ Johnny’s triumph is that he sounds different, his voice adding vulnerability and fragility to a genre that’s about facing woe with bold ruggedness.”
–Roctober Magazine


Released 2010

Rob Lorenz, drums
John Sefner, bass
Greg Sefner, organ
Rick Kreher, guitar

“Burgin’s West Side influenced guitar playing and his vocals have matured and are now at a level that should earn respect from all blues fans. This recording displays soul and sensitivity.”
-Chicago Blues Guide, Eric Shelkpopf



Released 2001 Marquis Records
Recorded during a two night stand at BLUES on Halsted

Sho Komiya, bass
Rick Kreher, guitar
Kenny Smith, drums
Billy Flynn, guitar
Eddie Shaw, sax

“Overall this release is a great success and captures a working band in full flight.”
–Phil Wight, Blues and Rhythm 160, (UK)


Released 1999 Delmark 732

Martin Lang, harp
Sho Komiya, bass
Rick Kreher, guitar
Kenny Smith, drums

“The Rockin Johnny Band are one of the hardest working bands around, and can usually be found plying their trade in the Chicago clubs several nights a week. “Man’s Temptation” shows that RJB are more than capable of rocking up a storm.”
–Gordon Baxter, Blues on Stage


Released 1998 Delmark 720

Featuring: Robert Plunkett (drummer/singer with Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James), Taildragger, and Sam Lay (drummer/singer with Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan and Howlin’ Wolf) with Kenny Smith, dr, Martin Lane, harp, Rick Kreher, gtr, Illinois Slim, gtr, Sho Komiya, bass, Willie Young, sax

“Burgin’s guitar playing, on the other hand, is mature way beyond his years, a precocious assimilation of the vernacular of Chicago blues circa 1963. He and his band show a great sensitivity to the subtleties of Chicago blues and are making their mark as some of the best of the young players in town.”


  • Tail Dragger, Henry Gray, John Blues Boyd, and Terry Hanck:  Howlin’ at Greaseland – a tribute to Howlin’ Wolf- West Tone; to be released Sept 2017
  • Rockin’ Johnny Burgin: Neoprene Fedora – West Tone; 2017 w Kid Andersen, Alabama Mike, Nancy Wright, and Aki Kumar
  • Rockin’ Johnny Burgin: Greetings From Greaseland – West Tone; 2015 w Kid Andersen and Aki Kumar
  • Martin Lang: Chicago Harp Sessions – Random Chance; 2015 w Billy Flynn
  • Willie Buck: Cell Phone Man – Delmark; 2013
  • Rockin’ Johnny Band: Grim Reaper –  Delmark; 2012
  • Rockin’ Johnny Band: Now’s the Time –  5105 Music; 2010
  • Taildragger: Live at Roosters DVD –  Delmark; 2010 ft Jimmy Dawkins
  • Jimmy Lee Robinson: Chicago Jump – Random Chance; 2004
  • Shirley Johnson: Killer Diller – Delmark; 2002
  • The Mighty Blue Kings: Live in the City – 2001
  • Rockin’ Johnny Band: More Real Folk Blues – 2000 ft Eddie Shaw
  • Eddie Taylor Jr.: Worried About My Baby – Wolf; 2000
  • Paul DeLay: DeLay Does Chicago – Evidence; 1999 ft Jimmy Dawkins and Zora Young
  • Little Arthur Duncan: Singin’ With the Sun – Delmark; 1999
  • Taildragger: American People – Delmark; 1999 ft Billy Branch
  • Paul Jones, Andre Williams: Rockin After Midnight – St. George; 1998
  • Rockin’ Johnny Band: Man’s Temptation – Delmark; 1998
  • Little Arthur Duncan: Rib Tips Live – Random Chance; 1997
  • Rockin’ Johnny Band: Straight Out of Chicago – Delmark; 1997 ft Taildragger, Sam Lay, and Robert Plunkett
  • Blues Before Sunrise: Billy Boy Arnold, Big Wheeler, Jimmy Burns –  Delmark; 1997
  • Jimmy Burns: Leavin’ Here Walkin’ – Delmark; 1996
  • Taildragger: Crawlin’ King Snake – St. George; 1995
  • Jimmy Lee Robinson: Lonely Traveler – Delmark; 1993
  • Big Wheeler: Wheeler’s Bone Orchard – Delmark; 1992